Union United Church of Christ, Neffs, has selected Kayli Freeman of New Smithville as associate pastor.
She fills the position vacated by the Rev. Kris Snyder-Samuelson who advanced to senior pastor one year ago.
A 2006 graduate of Northwestern Lehigh High School, Freeman earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from Shippensburg University in 2010.
She graduated from Moravian Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity degree in 2013.
Freeman’s ordination took place Dec. 10 at her home church, St. John’s United Church of Christ, Emmaus.
Parkland School District Business Manager John Vignone presented a preview of the 2018-19 budget to the board at its Nov. 21 meeting.
Vignone said the district will not raise taxes more than the 2.4 percent Act 1 Index issued by the state.
Therefore, the maximum allowable mill increase for the new budget will be 0.36, or $36 on every $100,000 of assessed property value.
The new tax rate would be no higher than 15.49 mills.
Upper Lehigh Historical Society will have a clear toy candy and cookie sale at the Schneck House 1-4 p.m. Dec. 10.
The clear toys will be made by Suzanne Wainwright-Evans in various shapes formed in molds from her collection.
Select homemade cookies to be weighed and sold by the pound.
The Schneck House is the log structure across from McDonald’s along Route 873, Schnecksville.
Parkland High School Chorale will present a holiday concert 7 p.m. Dec. 10 at Union United Church of Christ, Neffs.
According to the financial plan presented at the recent Act 34 hearing, property owners in the Parkland School District will probably experience tax increases in the next three years to fund bond issues for construction of a $35 million elementary school in Upper Macungie Township.
Business Manager John Vignone stated the school district plans to borrow $9.6 million, with a resulting 0.04 mills, in January 2018.
That equals an additional $40 on each $100,000 of assessed property value.
South Whitehall’s property tax for the 2018 general fund budget will remain at 2.49975 mills, the same as this year.
However, if approved by commissioners on Dec. 6, residents will be billed 0.47 mills for a newly created fire fund.
The tax amounts to $47 on each $100,000 of assessed property value.
These funds would be kept separate from the general fund and used only for fire related purposes to sustain the volunteer fire stations.
The fire fund tax is expected to bring in about $1.1 million in revenue in the new year.
A year after South Whitehall voters approved a referendum allowing the township to borrow $600,000 for restoration of Wehr’s Dam, commissioners approved $45,000 for the first year of the project.
In a report presented to the board by Michael Baker International in April 2016, the first year includes engineering and permit fees.
Commissioner Glenn Block reported at the board’s Nov. 1 meeting the first phase is soft costs, including some design work and permits which can take 12 to 18 months to obtain from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.
South Whitehall commissioners have proposed a 0.47-mill fire tax to be added on to residents’ real estate bills in response to increasing costs of equipment and other necessities associated with fire protection.
Board President Christine “Tori” Morgan explained the reason for the tax.
“The cost of everything is going up,” Morgan said. “This will provide long-term sustainability for the volunteer fire companies.”
The tax, $47 on each $100,000 of assessed property value, would be kept separate from the general fund and used only for fire-related purposes.
Attorney John Harrison, hired by South Whitehall to handle issues relating to the Econo Lodge, 1151 Bulldog Drive, presented a final report to commissioners at their Nov. 1 meeting.
Harrison was brought in during the summer to conduct an investigation of the Econo Lodge after a shooting on the premises which affected an adjacent business.
The incident raised concerns among neighbors regarding their safety and the possibility of illegal activities going on at the motel.
They were uneasy about long-term occupants living in the back portion of the establishment.
Union Lutheran Church, 5500 Route 873, Schnecksville, will host its annual holiday craft show 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on Nov. 18.
Eighty-five crafters will be present with items such as jewelry, bird houses, floral arrangements, greeting cards, purses, embroidered and crocheted children’s apparel, fine art, photography, wooden crafts and more.
A Chinese auction and bake sale will be included. Breakfast and lunch will be available.
Here is a great opportunity to experience the holiday atmosphere while also looking for gifts for any occasion.
South Whitehall Township Police Chief John Christman will be retiring from the township in January 2018.
Christman, who led the 39-member police department, began as a patrol officer in South Whitehall 25 years ago.
He was elevated to chief in November 2015.
At that time, he received an outpouring of support from family, friends, police officers and public officials.
At the recent commissioners’ meeting, board President Christina “Tori” Morgan commented on the chief’s service.
“We’re very sorry to see him go,” Morgan said. “He has many accomplishments.”